Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Paging Bob, Ben, Matt, Rudy, Teter, and Mac aficionados everywhere

An anonymous reader asked: "Im sick of PCs... can anyone tutor me to use a Mac... what are the differences nowadays?" Give us your best 2-3 sentence pitch in the comments section here.


At 6/15/2006 12:29:00 AM, Blogger latinaliz said...

I need one myself. I just got a 20" IMAC coooooooooooool and with my G4 laptop I am saying to myself now what do I do.

At 6/15/2006 01:10:00 AM, Blogger Bob said...

First important difference is security. Macs are much more secure out of the box. Windows is catching up, but not there yet.
Second, no viruses. I'm still running without antivirus software.
Third, stability. My mini at work has been running 24/7 for three months without so much as a restart.
Fourth, software. Macs come with awesome, easy to use software right out of the box.

Big hint for switchers. When you run into an issue, don't approach it from the perspective of a computer user, approach it from the perspective of common sense. Drag and drop can really work!! I blew away a friend (new switcher) recently when he asked me how to take something out of his task bar. I grabbed it and dragged it out of the task bar. It was gone. Common sense really is a good thing!

At 6/15/2006 01:11:00 AM, Blogger Bob said...

Oh, and of course, you can Fold for Team Mac OS X!! Folding for a cure, baby!!! :-)

At 6/15/2006 02:54:00 AM, Anonymous Matt said...

I agree that it is common sense.
the truth is that MAC has almost all of the software PCs do (without the junk)and if you get homesick for Windows, there is a version for MAC.

My advice is switch as soon as you can!
It is way more secure, simpler to use, and much more reliable.

My wife left the PC world about 3 months ago, and hasn't had a hitch.
She is use to slow downloads and glitches that just don't happen with a MAC.

If you have a MAC store that is close use the genius bar and attend some of the classes. It is worth the time.

Help menu and the apple support on their website have also been good friends to me.

At 6/15/2006 10:50:00 AM, Anonymous Abner Ramos said...

John Teter converted me two years ago. "Abner, how many times have you told yourself 'I hate this Windows program?' and wanted to throw your computer out the window?" "John, I wouldn't be lying if I told you 10 times a week." And that was it. Got myself a 15 inch Powerbook G4 and the rest is history. I love my computer. Let me say it again, I LOVE MY COMPUTER. When something goes wrong I assume it was my fault and not my OS.

Also, the next version of OS X will let you run Windows Xp on intel-based Apples.

Join us.

At 6/15/2006 01:58:00 PM, Blogger Jeremy Del Rio said...

Liz, having just spent a week using a mac for the first time in years and learning IMovie, I can attest to Bob's point about common sense. In that regard, Mac is everything Windows wants to be. For example, all the times you wanted Windows to simply drag and drop or open or save to an obvious folder but were frustrated because those functions weren't working for some unknowable reason ... Mac doesn't do that. Also, to reiterate Matt's point, when in doubt, use Mac Help. It functions like Google. Anything you need to know about your Mac, just type in the phrase or question and up pops all the answers -- written, I may ad, in simple, clear instructions. I used the Help tool last week to learn how to view pics in a slideshow, create an iphoto album, burn cds, and free disk space (for the video project).

At 6/15/2006 08:40:00 PM, Anonymous cookiemonster55 said...

I have one of the new Core Duo (Intel-based) minis. I run OSX on it for most of my work needs and drop into Windows (via Boot Camp now, Parallels Workstation soon) for the CAD/CAM, data logger and specialized scientific software that requires Windows. I am falling in love with the Mac's "iLife" suite of programs for creating and EASILY USING libraries of photos, music tracks etc. and for creating web pages.
Macs make the usual things about running a computer easy and intuitive. Plug in a printer, an extra monitor, an external drive, a cordless mouse, and just use them. No hunting all over the 'net for drivers.
Thanks to bob, for referring me here from the Folding@home forums , and to Jeremy for the inspiring question. Liz, you're in for a treat!

At 6/16/2006 12:11:00 AM, Blogger latinaliz said...

I do have a Genius Bar in the Apple store by Adventura. My son Samuel (9) is already on it everyday. He has an Emac but prefers mine new Imac of course. He loves Photobooth and today was already working on music tracks and Imovie. I do have to get the software to run windows products...all this learning but ok I'll be real, I just love all the cool screensavers they have lol (like a girl who loves the outside of a car but has no clue what runs it :-) So you just learned how to do that video Jeremy of your grandpa? Next for me too is podcasting...I really want to do that. I saw some tracks in Garage Band for that as well.

At 6/16/2006 11:33:00 AM, Blogger John Liotti said...

Oh Man - where to start... Everybody has commented well. It's just a much, much better computer. Faster, easier. In windows I had to 'think around the program' - with the Mac it just makes sense. Sure there are issues with programs but with bootcamp it's a thing of the past;

At 6/17/2006 09:59:00 AM, Blogger Bob said...

@ cookiemonster55, thanks! I'm an advocate for Folding and Team Mac OS X because:
A) I'm using my computer anyway, why not do some research that may help find a treatment or a cure for cancer, HIV, Alzheimers (which is in my family), Parkinson's, etc.
B) Team Mac OS X is the top ranked Mac team
C) Even more importantly, its the top ranked team that is completely focused on the Folding@Home project. All of the other teams near the top were developed by computer clubs, magazines, corporations, etc. Team Mac OS X is only about Folding. We honestly wouldn't know each other apart from that link!
D) I've gotten to know lots of cool folks from all over the world, programmers, professors, cancer survivors, folks currently fighting cancer, and lots of regular folks who happen to leave their computers on for a cause!
D) Lots of very helpful people if I run into a computer issue (regardless of Windows, Linux, or Mac).

Sorry to turn this into an advocacy thing, but, hey, its important to me!


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